Anyone who lived through the 1990s probably loves it Sonic the Hedgehog. SEGA’s premier mascot quickly rose to become one of video gaming’s greatest heroes with an impressive run of games from the 16-bit generation, and now we can relive those memories – and more! – in the collection Sonic Origins! Discover all its pros and cons in the full review below:
When evaluating a collection, even if its games are remastered in new versions with support for higher resolutions and greater fluidity of movement, the most important thing is the quality of the games for which we pay, and in this sense, Sonic Origins Already in one of the best possible situations.
Depending on your point of view, the collection brings four or five of the best games of the character, and I’ll explain the confusion in the report: here we have them, in the order recommended by the collection: Sonic the Hedgehog 1, Sonic CD, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and… Sonic 3 & Knuckles. You can’t play Sonic 3 or Sonic and Knuckles Separated, simply a version that is equivalent to two full cartridges connected to each other and connected to a mega drive.
This may sound a bit strange to our new readers, but in 1994 SEGA released Sonic & Knuckles which did a lot of innovation thanks to its locking technology: basically you put one cartridge into another and get a kind of expansion pack, almost pioneering “DLC”, but without downloading anything else. The problem is that here you are already getting the full package and you can’t enjoy it piece by piece if you want to.
Sonic 3 & Knuckles It’s great – some would even say it’s the best adventure you’ll have in the entire series – but it would also be nice to have a shorter and shorter campaign. Sonic 3 isolated if we want. Anyway, the fact is, here you’ll find four (or five?) great games that any platformer or video game history buff should know about, and they’ve all aged very well!
News to improve the package
Sonic Origins It brings several big and small features that help justify the new collection. Perhaps the biggest addition is the new animated shorts inserted before and after each game’s campaign, helping to tell a single story with a beginning, middle, and end in a cohesive and useful way. It’s a great and wonderfully rounded narrative!
They follow the same lines as large animations Sound mania which are also available in the game’s rich museum. It’s made with great care and includes not only game music, but also exclusive artwork and even live performances, so it’s fun to unlock these things with the new currency added to the game.
Let’s be clear, despite the pricing issues I’ll explain later, the game itself doesn’t have an in-store or microtransactions of any kind, and you earn these coins simply by playing campaigns or challenging yourself in the new modes that already exist. Added exclusively for this originSuch as the Boss Challenge, which, as its name implies, is a themed boss attack against the main enemies of each game, or the Mission mode, which involves very specific challenges in races in search of the best performance rating.
Another cool addition is that you can simply finish any game in the collection to activate its mirror mode, which guarantees a new way to relive your adventures, now by swiping from right to left. Finally, the star of the show is the anniversary mode for each title:
Although all games can be played in classic mode, which is a very faithful recreation of the original experience, except for a few details such as the lack of some songs in the soundtrack. Sonic 3 – the same as with the participation of Michael Jackson – is the best option in the face of the Jubilee regime.
After all, here you can play in widescreen and, by the way, use the best moves of Sonic in games such as Drop Dash and Spin Dash, in addition to setting Tails or Knuckles as the heroes of games released before their creation.
Veteran gamers will notice a number of changes, big and small, that have been made to enable the widescreen look on more powerful consoles, fitting more things on screen at once without any slowdown. In the emblematic first battle Dr. Robotnik in Sonic 1For example, you’ll see that the platforms on the sides now have an empty space next to them, which further expands the battle arena and changes the pace of the battle.
Naturally, a few bugs have been fixed for the new release, and some of them should have a big impact on the performance of regular speedrunners. It’s just odd that, unlike many other modern collections, SEGA hasn’t included any built-in save state or rewind tools to help with the former. Anyway, the game automatically saves your progress and it’s possible to pick up where you left off in any game.
But is it worth paying full price?
And now we come to the real Achilles heel, which should be a wonderful celebration of the history of the sprinting hedgehog: as you can see all over the Internet after the first trailer, which reveals various ways. Sonic Origins Sold out, SEGA paid too much and, worse, too confusing for what it offered.
Spreading such simple content across standard versions, Digital Deluxe, Premium Fun and even the extraordinary classical music package unnecessarily confuses the user and almost irreparably damages the package. In times of crisis, it is difficult to justify investing more than R$ 200 in titles that have already been relaunched in the most diverse ways on practically all types of devices, including mobile phones.
Also worth noting is the lack of other adventures for Mascot and his friends on Mega Drive, such as e.g. Sonic 3D Blast or even Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine. For the amount charged, maybe it wouldn’t be worth installing some Master System titles or 32X? Either way, what’s in the package is really great, and if the price isn’t an issue for you, it’s a lot of fun to revisit the games in the collection!
Sonic Origins is a great collection of games that suffers from confusing and expensive sales